Partridge To Represent MAIS Power At Fortius Project
Updated: Apr 19, 2019
Lamar's Jacob Partridge follows a block from his teammate |
Photo by Paula Merritt, The Meridian Star
Over the past two seasons, Lamar School had one of the most prolific offenses in MAIS AAAA, particularly through the air, and that has been a key component to their state title runs the past three years. This past season, they found themselves a spark plug in Jacob Partridge.
The 2020 wide receiver had a breakout junior season with 66 catches, 838 yards and eight scores through the air, all of which led the team. As a senior, he will be needed to step up his game and be a leader while facing new challenges this coming season.
“Over the past two years our chemistry has been really great, and we have worked really hard from spring training to state,” Partridge told SES Mississippi. “Lots of teams have been added to our division, so it will be more of a challenge to get the four-peat. I think if we all buy in and work like we have in the past years, we will get it again.”
One of the biggest challenges going into this season is finding a man behind center to throw to Partridge. Joseph Hutchinson had one of the best seasons for a quarterback in the state this past season, throwing for 3,286 yards, 36 TDs and only six interceptions. According to Partridge, what his offense may lack as far as experience at quarterback, they will make up for it with scheme.
“Joseph has been a huge part of our success as a team and my success as a player,” Partridge said. “Without Joseph, I wouldn’t have caught a lot of the passes I did because most guys can’t make the throws he can. I think our balance of quick passes and shot plays has been key to our offense as well as Coach Barnes’ ability to take advantage of matchups.”
As a part of this crucial offseason, Partridge is looking to become more of a dynamic playmaker. One stop during the offseason will run through Booneville, when he will make the two and a half hour trip north on Highway 45 to the Fortius Project at Northeast Mississippi Community College scheduled for March 2.
“I think I’ve excelled as a possession receiver and in moving the chains, making people miss after the catch,” Partridge said. “I’m looking to become more of a deep threat and take the top off of the defense more often.”
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